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2016 Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant

Request for Proposals

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), Division of Air Quality (DAQ), will provide funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions. Awarded projects are expected to begin in December 2017 and must be completed by February 28, 2018.

DAQ reserves the right to award less than the total amount of funding available. Additionally, DAQ may also increase funding to an awarded project in good standing if additional funding becomes available.

Eligibility

Any private or public sector entity or individual stationed in North Carolina is eligible.

Available Funding

Approximately $156,000 is available for all projects funded statewide. DAQ expects to fund one to two projects.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, October 6, 2017 to be considered. 

Project Type Funding
Project Type Grant Amount Paid
Eligible engine upgrade 40%
Eligible idle reduction technology on a locomotive 40%
Eligible engine repower 40%
Clean alternative fuel conversions, where the old chassis is retained but the engine is replaced or converted to an alternative fuel 40%
Retrofits (exhaust type, eg., diesel particulate filter 100%
Nonroad and on-road certified vehicle or equipment replacement
Nonroad-eligible vehicle or piece of equipment powered by a 2013 model year or new certified engine 25%
On-road-eligible replacement vehicle/equipment powered by a 2013 model year or newer certified engine 25%
Drayage Truck-eligible drayage truck powered by a 2010 or newer engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter or diesel oxidation catalyst in the case of a CNG engine 50%

General

  • All applicants must comply with all appropriate North Carolina State Laws.

  • All applicants must apply, in writing, to the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, N.C. Division of Air Quality.

  • All equipment funded must be EPA verified or California Air Resources Board (CARB) certified.

  • All new equipment must be EPA verified or CARB certified.

  • For alternative fuel conversions, EPA/CARB certified kits must be used and a certificate provided.

  • A copy of the EPA/CARB certificate of emissions must be provided with replacement, repower or clean fuel engine conversions.

  • Funds cannot be used for fueling infrastructure projects.

  • No funding for marine repower, replacement or upgrade projects.

  • No standalone cleaner fuel projects unless combined with another clean diesel project on the same vehicle (e.g. repower).

  • Funds shall not be used to meet compliance for emissions reductions that are mandated under federal law.

  • Funds shall not be used as incentives.

  • Funds cannot be used for emission reductions that result from vehicle/equipment replacements or repowers that would have occurred through normal attrition/fleet turnover within three years of the project start date.

  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of vehicles, engines or equipment to expand a fleet.

  • Funds under this award cannot be used as matching funds for other federal grants.

  • No funds awarded under this grant shall be used to retrofit technologies on EPA’s or CARB’s “Formerly Verified Technologies” lists, see links below:

  • Funds cannot be used for emissions testing and/or air monitoring.

  • Funds cannot be used to purchase aerodynamic technologies or low rolling resistance tires.

  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of auxiliary power units (APUs).

  • Funds cannot be used for the purchase of idle reduction technologies unless they are combined on the same vehicle with a new installation of verified exhaust controls funded under this same award, except for locomotives and previously retrofitted school buses.

On-road

  • Funds cannot be used for light-duty highway vehicles

Summary of Medium and Heavy-Duty Trucks
and Transit Buses Funding Restrictions
Current Model Engine Year DOC DPF SCR Replace with 2010 or Newer (Dray only) Replace with 2013 or Newer Repower or Conversion of Engine to Higher Certification Level Repower or Replacement or Conversion to All-Electric (includes Dray)
1991-2003 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2004-2006 Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
2007-2009 No No Yes No No No No
2010-Current No No No No No No

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Summary of School Buses Funding Restrictions

Current Model Engine Year DOC DOC + CCV DPF Replace with 2013 or Newer Repower or Conversion of Engine to Higher Certification Repower, Replacement or Conversion to All-Electric
1991-2003 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2004-2006 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
2007-Current No No No No No No

 

Nonroad

  • Funds cannot be used to replace nonroad engines and equipment that operates less than 500 hours per year.

  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, upgrade or replace a nonroad engine or equipment that has less than seven years of useful life remaining. A table distinguishing which nonroad engine model years EPA has determined to have at least seven years of useful life remaining can be found at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-10/documents/fy14-nonroad-remaining-useful-life.pdf.

Summary of Nonroad Engine Funding Restrictions
  Repowered or Replaced 2013 or New Certified Engine
Current Engine Tier Tier 0 Tier 1 Tier 2/3 Tier 4 All-Electric
Tier 0/1 No No Yes Yes Yes
Tier 2/3 No No No Yes Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Locomotives

  • Funds cannot be used to retrofit, repower, replace, upgrade

  • or install idle reduction technologies on eligible locomotives that operate less than 1,000 hours per year.

  • Funds cannot be used for locomotive shore connection system projects that are expected to be utilized less than 1,000 hours/year.

Summary of Locomotive Engine Funding Restrictions
  New Locomotive Tier Verified Exhaust Controls
Current Locomotive Tier Tier 0+ Tier 1+ Tier 2+ Tier 3 Tier 4 SCR
Unregulated and Tier 0 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tier 0+ and Tier 1 No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tier 1 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tier 2 No No Yes Yes Yes* Yes
Tier 2+ No No No Yes* Yes* Yes

Engine Repowers

Existing engines can be replaced with a newer, cleaner engine that is certified to a more stringent set of engine emissions standards.  Certified repowers include, but not limited to, diesel engine replacement with an engine certified for use with a clean alternative fuel, diesel engine replacement with an electric power source and/or the replacement of a nonroad engine with a highway engine.  Certified repower projects allow for 40% cost share from EPA and 60% from the subgrantee.

How To Submit Your Proposal

The appropriate application type that best corresponds to your project type (nonroad or on-road) can be downloaded here:

On-road Application                              Nonroad Application

If you have questions about which application to use, please contact Phyllis Jones at 919-707-8424 or via e-mail at DAQ.MSCB.NCDAQGrants@ncdenr.gov.

Proposals can be submitted to the N.C. Division of Air Quality by e-mail, fax, USPS or FedEx/UPS.  Applications must be received by e-mail, fax or postmarked by Friday, October 6, 2017 to be considered.  The preferred method for submittal is by e-mail. 

Please send completed applications addressed to Phyllis Jones.  For e-mail and fax submittals, please include 2016 DERG Proposal in the subject line.

          Phyllis Jones                                             
          N.C. Division of Air Quality                        
          217 W. Jones Street                                                                   
          1641 Mail Service Center                         
          Raleigh, NC 27699-1641                   

 Acceptable Signature Formats

There are several signature methods accepted for proposals,

  • Word format using a digital signature (preferred method)

  • PDF format with a digital or hand signature

  • Hard copy with hand signature

Project Selection Criteria

The following outlines the project selection criteria.The total points possible is 100.

Cost Effectiveness ($ funded per tons reduced):

cost effectiveness is based on applicant provided information using the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) software tool, the Diesel Emissions Quantifier (https://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/diesel-emissions-quantifier-deq)

25 points

Emissions Reductions or Quantitative Benefits: emission reduction calculation based on applicant provided information

25 points

Other Benefits: e.g. health, less fuel used, etc.

20 points

Sustainability of the Project: longevity of the funded equipment and additional long term benefits

15 points

Timeliness: ability to provide high quality emission reductions in a timely manner

10 points

Other Selection Criteria: employed as necessary for the selection of proposals

5 points

Schedule For 2016 Diesel Emissions Grants

Task Date Completed
Request for proposals open September 28, 2017
Request for proposals close October 6, 2017
Proposals processed and awardees selected October 9 - 13, 2017
All applicants notified of their application status Week of October 16, 2017
Awardees submit required documentation for contracts October 23, 2017 - November 3, 2017
Awardees contracts are processed November 6, 2017 - November 27, 2017
Awarded projects' work begins December 2, 2017
All diesel emissions reduction grant projects completed February 28, 2018
Invoices and final reports submitted to DAQ March 30, 2018